Title:                       Port Captain
Position:                Full-time/Salaried Exempt
Reports to:            Sr VP of Operations
Division:                 River
Location:               Paducah, KY

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Manage daily operations of vessels applying the Core Principles (Ton Miles, Smart Miles, Safe Miles, People).
  • Complete daily voyage plan for vessels including: ensuring tow sizes are appropriate, analyzing results and reporting anomalies to Sr. VP of Operations, tracking miles made (planned vs. actual), monitoring tug assists & following policy, tracking reasons for plan deviations, etc.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to enhance safety and efficiency in the operation, preventing incidents, injuries, and spills.
  • Investigate incidents and injuries and file appropriate paperwork as required.
  • Ensure all navigation notification systems are up-to-date and deployed to the vessels. 
  • Ensure Safety Management System is fully implemented and complied with on the entire vessel.
  • Appropriately deploy vessel crews ensuring experience levels meet operational requirements. 
  • Ensure fully qualified Captain, Pilot, Chief Engineer, and Deck Crew are onboard each vessel (i.e., valid credentials, etc.).
  • Lead Vessel Management Team to ensure goals are achieved.
  • Make frequent on-board vessel inspections and ensure vessels are operationally equipped and capable for the intended voyage.
  • Ensure vessels are operating within budget.
  • Ensure 100% of vessels are participating in the Safety Awards Program.
  • Monitor river conditions and make available information necessary to support navigational decisions.
  • Respond to vessels emergencies minimizing vessel down time, providing onsite supervision and direction.
  • Administer company policies, including disciplinary action as needed, and conduct performance evaluations.
  • Represent and articulate Company positions in response to U.S. Coast Guard or regulatory agency initiatives.
  • Assure vessel compliance with all governmental regulations and Company policies.
  • Serve as primary liaison between vessel management and shore side personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • High School education minimum.
  • Possess a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariners License, Master Towing Vessels license preferred.
  • 5-10 years of vessel operations experience on the inland waterways.
  • Tanker/Barge experience not required but preferred.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-starter with ability to perform a variety of complicated tasks with moderate supervision.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office.
  • 40% travel to vessels. (Must have a valid driver’s license.)
  • Must be willing to stand weekend/evening duty.
  • Must have working knowledge of modern navigation software.
  • Well versed on regulatory requirements and vessel inspections.
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising a large group of employees, training, and employee development.